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A. Stevens Miles Jr.’s homebred Neck ’n Neck had one horse beat in the early stages of the 20th running of the Grade III, $110,400 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs, but put in a strong rally on the final turn from the outside and powered home in the stretch for a convincing 2 ¼-length win over Fort Loudon.
Fox Hill Farms Inc.’s Joyful Victory, a multiple graded-stakes winning earner of more than $625,000, heads a competitive field of 11 fillies and mares entered for Saturday’s 27th running of the Grade II, $150,000-added Chilukki at one mile on the main track at Churchill Downs.
John Oxley’s Uncaptured took the lead from runner-up Positively in mid-stretch and increased his advantage from there to take the 31st running of the Grade III, $114,800 Iroquois by a widening 5 ½ lengths on opening day at Churchill Downs.
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Sign overcame a sluggish start and powered home in deep stretch to win Sunday’s 44th running of the Grade II, $168,150 Pocahontas by four lengths on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet.
Iroquois Racing Club LLC’s Gal About Town, unbeaten and untested in her first two career starts, will face seven rivals in Sunday’s 44th running of the Grade II, $150,000-added Pocahontas at one mile on the main track at Churchill Downs.
Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, a 3 ¼-length winner of the Futurity (Grade II) at Belmont Park, headlines a field of 10 entered for Sunday’s 31st running of the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII) to be run at a mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on Opening Day of the 123rd Fall Meet.
1. The 123rd Fall Meet will feature 21 days of racing over a four-week stretch through Nov. 25. After Sunday’s opening day program, racing will be conducted on a Wednesday-Sunday schedule with dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most programs will feature 10 races with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. and the first race at 12:40 p.m. (all times Eastern).
The new points-based “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series continues this weekend with a trio of juvenile races. Points will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers in Saturday’s $400,000 Foxwoods Champagne (Grade I) at Belmont Park and the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland. Also, the $200,000 Grey (GIII) – the lone Canadian race is the series – will be staged Sunday at Woodbine.
The revamped “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series will be inaugurated this weekend as points will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers in Saturday’s Royal Lodge at Newmarket and FrontRunner at Santa Anita.
The 138th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), a race as old as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) and one of America’s premier events for older horses, heads a schedule of 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.825 million set for the Oct. 28-Nov. 25 Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.